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40th Anniversary LPTW Theatre Women Awards:

Special Award for Meritorious Service to the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Industry., received in 2023.

"Temple of the Souls" Musical Awards:


NYMF 2017 Next Link Project.

Book by Anita Velez-Mitchell, Lorca Peress, Anika Paris. Music by Dean Landon and Anika Paris. Lyrics by Velez-Mitchell, Landon, Paris.

Produced Off-Broadway by MultiStages at Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row.  

HOLA Awards - Gilberto Zaldivar Award for Outstanding Production of "Temple of the Souls," Alex Moore and Milteri Tucker (Award for Lighting and Choreography), Dean Landon, Anika Paris, Anita Velez-Mitchell (Special Music Recognition), directed, developed and produced by Lorca.

Innovative Theatre Nominations (6 categories for MultiStages, including Outstanding Production (MultiStages), Outstanding Original Music (Dean Landon and Anika Paris), Outstanding Original Script (Anita Velez-Mitchell, Lorca Peress, Anika Paris), Outstanding Costume Design (Marla Speer), Outstanding Innovative Design (Marla Speer - Masks), Outstanding Lead Actress (Debra Cardona).

Taino Areito Award for Drama to Lorca Peress in recognition of cultural advocacy and performance.

Opera Directing Awards:

Three National Opera Competition Awards for productions she directed -  Leonard Bernstein's "MASS," Bruce Saylor's "The Image Maker" and Bruce Saylor's "Major Molineaux," all produced by the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music.

Collaboration Theatre Honorable Mentions:


Playwright Fengar Gael and director Lorca Peress for "The Island of No Tomorrows." 

Playwright Arden Kass and director Lorca Peress for "Appetite" from Women in Arts and Media Coalition.

LA MAMA INKY playwrighting Award presented by Ellen Stewart for "Women Under Glass," her one-woman show (premiere year awarded). And One Page Plays for LaMia Ink!

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